• Board of Directors Meeting July 18, 2018: Save the Date

    April 2, 2018

    Each July, the Authority’s Board of Directors conducts its annual meeting. Topics presented at the meeting include the annual report, and strategic plan and operational update. In addition, risk management awards are presented, and an election of Executive Committee members is conducted. The 2018 Board of Directors meeting will be held at the Authority’s campus in La Palma on Wednesday, July 18. Certification information will be sent to member agency clerks in April. For more information regarding the Board of Directors meeting, contact Denise Covell, Administrative Assistant, by email or at (562) 467-8771.

  • Academy Schedule for 2018-2020

    March 22, 2018

    The Authority’s 2018-2020 Academy schedule is now available to California JPIA members. Academies are limited to 25 people on a first-come, first-served basis, and wait lists are established once the attendee list is full. Note that not all academies have the same registration process: certain academies will be by invitation only, and select members will be sent an email containing specific registration details. 

    Academies are training events that primarily focus on a specific public sector discipline. Each program is a multi-day training that presents essential theories and techniques in order to provide pragmatic solutions to solving everyday problems. To receive the academy schedule or for questions, please contact Michelle Aguayo, Training Coordinator, via email or phone at (562) 467-8777.

  • LinkedIn Discussion Group: Sidewalk Maintenance and Streets and Highways Code Sec. 5610

    March 22, 2018

    Many agencies are unaware of California Streets & Highways (S&H) Code Section 5610, a statute that allows members with sidewalks to transfer the risk and expense of sidewalk repairs and maintenance to adjacent private property owners. However, the statute doesn’t absolve agencies of all responsibility for inspecting and maintaining sidewalks. Authority members can share their thoughts on implementing and enforcing a program consistent with Section 5610 on the Authority’s LinkedIn discussion group page.

  • Educational Forum 2018 Theme Announced

    March 21, 2018

    The Authority’s 23rd annual Risk Management Educational Forum has as its theme “The Amazing Race to Risk Management Success,” highlighting the importance of goals and preparation for challenges when contemplating risk management issues. The annual Forum is a two-and-a-half-day educational event that allows Authority members to study topics and issues relevant to local government, and come together to share information on agency challenges and solutions. The 2018 Forum will be held at Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad from September 19-21. Registration and general Forum information, including sessions and speakers, will be available in May. For more information on the Forum, including highlights from the 2017 Forum, visit the Authority’s Educational Forum page or contact the Authority via email.

  • March is National Ladder Safety Month

    March 15, 2018

    March is National Ladder Safety Month, an opportunity to promote awareness, training, and education to prevent ladder-related injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year in the United States, more than 500 thousand people are treated for and about 300 people die from ladder-related injuries. The Authority has ladder safety resources available from our Training Department, while the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has a program to address falls in the workplace.

    For more information on National Ladder Safety Month, and to find out how agencies can promote responsible use of ladders, both in the workplace and at home, visit the American Ladder Institute’s website dedicated to this issue.

  • Executive Academy 2018 Registration Open

    March 15, 2018

    The Authority’s Executive Academy for 2018 is now open for registration. The academy, which is designed for current or soon-to-be city managers and chief executives, will be held on April 11 – 13, 2018 at the Canary Hotel in Santa Barbara. The Executive Academy offers a unique opportunity for the chief executives of the Authority’s member agencies to network with each other while exchanging information on current challenges and practical solutions. Topics covered at this academy include key steps to effective succession planning, public relations and dealing with the media, and how the California JPIA can assist in protecting member agencies. Note that the academy is limited to 25 participants and the registration deadline is March 22, 2018. To register, visit the Executive Academy website. For more information, contact Michelle Aguayo, Training Coordinator, via email or at (562) 467-8777.

  • LinkedIn Discussion Group: Encroachment Permits and Insurance

    March 8, 2018

    When dealing with the issue of encroachment on agency property, the Authority has specific recommendations regarding risk transfer. However, Authority members sometimes struggle to obtain appropriate insurance from individuals (particularly homeowners) or entities who want to encroach on agency property. Members can share their thoughts on how to effectively transfer risk associated with encroachment on the Authority’s LinkedIn discussion group page.

  • The Authority Announces New Training Courses for 2018

    March 7, 2018

    The Authority is pleased to announce the development of new instructor-led training courses for 2018. Members may register for these and other trainings on myJPIA via the training calendar. The new courses are:

    • Accident Investigation
    • HAZWOPER First Responder – Awareness Level and Operations Level
    • Introduction to Cal/OSHA and Conducting Safety Inspections
    • Driver Safety

    The Authority’s newsletter has more detailed descriptions of these new courses. For more information or questions regarding training, contact Ryan Thomas, Training and Loss Control Specialist, via email or at (562) 467-8775.

  • Updated Annual Contribution and Retrospective Computations Available on Website

    February 21, 2018

    Both Primary Liability Program and Primary Workers’ Compensation Program annual contributions and retrospective computations for the 2018-19 coverage period are available on the Authority’s website in the Resources and Documents Library and on the Cost Allocation pages

    Annual contributions, which provide the pool with necessary resources for the defense and payment of claims, are calculated based on an actuarial study of member claim experience. The contributions were approved by the Executive Committee at its November 15, 2017 meeting. 

    Retrospective computations are based on the ongoing claim development of past coverage periods and can result in either an additional deposit or a refund. Adjustments are calculated once a year in October. 

    The 2018-19 Annual Contribution Invoice Summary, which includes any retrospective adjustment amounts, will be available in the spring. For questions, contact the Authority’s Financial Analyst, Lam Le, via email or at (562) 467-8729.

  • Retroreflectivity of Traffic Signs and Pavement Markings

    February 21, 2018

    In various cities throughout the state of California, some signs and pavement markings are difficult to see during the day, and even more so at night. The California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (CA MUTCD) addresses maintaining minimum retroreflectivity of signs, but at the moment, there are no similar requirements for minimum standards for pavement markings. While there are no federally required minimum levels of retroreflectivity for these markings, Authority members are advised to include both signs and pavement markings in their street inspection and maintenance process. The Authority will notify members when the CA MUTCD is updated to include information on minimum pavement marking retroreflectivity. For questions on this topic, members can contact their assigned risk manager.

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